Clippers produce biggest NBA play-off comeback to stun Warriors

first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers produced the biggest NBA play-off comeback to stun the Golden State Warriors 135-131 and level their first-round series.The eighth seeds rallied from 31 points down in the second half to beat the defending champions, with shooting guard Lou Williams scoring 36 points.It beats the 29-point recovery the Los Angeles Lakers managed against the Seattle Supersonics in 1989.The best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series is now tied at 1-1.The Warriors led 73-50 at half-time before a flurry from star point guard Stephen Curry, who hit 29 points, put the hosts 94-63 ahead in the third quarter in Oakland.But the Clippers cut the gap to 108-94, before outscoring the top seeds 41-23 in the final quarter. Williams hit a jump shot over Klay Thompson to bring his side within a point and, after Thompson missed a three-point attempt, Landry Shamet converted one of his own to put the Clippers two points up with 16.5 seconds remaining.Curry missed a potential game-winning three before Clippers centre Montrezl Harrell made two free throws to ensure victory.Warriors centre DeMarcus Cousins, who returned this season after a year out with a torn Achilles, suffered a quad injury in the first quarter.Coach Steve Kerr described the injury as “significant” and said Cousins is “going to be out for a while”.The third match of the series is in Los Angeles on Thursday. Elsewhere, the Philadelphia 76ers secured a dominant 145-123 victory over the Brooklyn Nets to level their Eastern Conference first-round series at 1-1.Centre Joel Embiid scored 23 points and point guard Ben Simmons recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for the third seeds.last_img

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